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Pennsylvania State University – B.S. in Accounting
Certified Public Accountant (NY)
Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA)
Member of the Finance and Accounting Consultants Alliance (FINACA)
Formerly a member of the Real Estate Advisory Board at the Pennsylvania State University
Phil Ramacca is the President & COO of DLA, LLC. Phil has over 30 years of broad business experience, with extensive audit experience relating to real estate and asset management companies. Phil has worked extensively with all of DLA’s real estate clients, including REITs, REOCs, and Private Equity firms, and serves as the Lead Client Service Partner for numerous real estate clients.
Phil has worked with dozens of companies to initially comply with SOX requirements and maintain that compliance is ongoing. Phil has extensive audit experience in all categories of real estate and has performed in-depth reviews of the operations of joint venture partners, third-party managed properties, self-managed properties, and hotels. Phil works closely with senior management and his responsibilities include coordinating client engagements; post engagement discussions with client executives; recognizing, researching and resolving technical accounting and auditing issues; consulting on business combinations; and assisting clients negotiating debt agreements.
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Long Island University, CW Post – B.S. in Accounting
Keith Snyder is a Partner at DLA, LLC and heads the Internal Audit services practices. Keith Snyder brings over 26 years of internal audit and technology-related experience, primarily in the real estate, financial services, and professional services industries. Keith’s consulting experience includes control optimization, risk identification, process improvement and optimization of accounting and operational business functions, operational due diligence, and analysis and design of financial and management reporting. At DLA, Keith assists clients through both SOX compliance, operation reviews and management consulting services, as well as manages DLA staff on SOX engagements.
Keith’s professional focus is in SOX, control design and implementation, internal audit, technology optimization, IT controls and governance, process and organization optimization and project management. Keith has extensive experience in designing control environments and analyzing business needs to assess ERP system application functionality leading to the selection and implementation of a complete financial package. He is also experienced in streamlining procedures, increasing efficiencies and improving customer satisfaction by modifying processes, implementing EDI and increasing inventory control.
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Chase Manhattan Leasing Company
Brooklyn Law School – JD
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor – BGS in Accounting
Scott Levy is a Partner at DLA, LLC and serves as the New England Practice and Accounting Advisory Leader. Scott has more than 25 years of professional experience advising clients on business and accounting issues ranging from business planning and equity compensation to mergers and acquisitions. He has significant experience in SOX Compliance, SEC Reporting, SEC Filings, and U.S. GAAP, with a focus on serving public and private companies in the technology, biotech, healthcare, distribution, and manufacturing industries. Scott specializes in working with public companies and has taken numerous companies public, as well as assisted in raising money for public and private offerings.
Prior to joining DLA, Scott was the Northeast Regional Audit Practice Leader and New England Managing Partner for Grant Thornton LLP. His responsibilities were focused on business development, managing the business operations and delivering client service. In addition to his role as Audit Partner, Scott performed engagement and office quality control reviews and was significantly involved in resolving complex accounting matters. Scott also advised companies on structuring transactions and understanding the financial reporting requirements.
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University of Phoenix – MBA
State University of New York at Albany – B.S. in Accounting
Certified Public Accountant (MA, NY, NJ)
Member of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA)
Member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
40 Under 40 – NY and NJ
Boston Business Journal: ‘Who’s Who in Accounting’
Quoted in various publications in New Jersey and Boston including NJ Biz and Boston Business Journal’
Serves and have served on numerous Not-for-Profit Boards including Citi Performing Arts Center, SBANE, Mass Society of CPA’s, Junior Achievement, Anti-Defamation League and Jewish National Fund
Kevin Baldwin is a Partner at DLA, LLC and heads the Forensics, Valuation & Litigation Support practice. Kevin has over ten years of business advisory expertise including matrimonial and commercial litigation support, forensic accounting, business valuation, and tax consultation. Previously, Kevin was a Director in the Advisory Services department of a large regional accounting firm and currently lends his expertise to several industry organizations, as well as his professional affiliated organizations.
Kevin’s practice is focused on matrimonial litigation support, business valuation, and forensic accounting. He also advises on specific and complex tax issues arising from marital dissolution. Kevin has been engaged by attorneys to represent high net worth clients in divorce matters and to value business enterprises, such as early childhood education and daycare facilities, medical practices, and real estate development and construction firms. He has consulted on matters of equitable distribution between spouses, cash flow analysis, diversion of assets and income, and marital lifestyle analysis.
Kevin presents and lectures on topics such as business valuation, tax aspects of divorce and settlement agreements, and matrimonial accounting. His speaking engagements include:
Monmouth University – Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA); Accounting Concentration
Certified Public Accountant (NJ)
Member of the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accounts (NJCPA)
Member of the Monmouth/Ocean County Litigation Support Committee
Honorary board member of “The Next Generation Foundation” – a not-for-profit cancer organization
Jeffrey Abramczyk is a Managing Director at DLA LLC and heads the Governance, Risk Management, and Compliance practice.
Jeff has over 30 years of experience servicing the financial services industry focusing on compliance, risk management, finance, and internal auditing. Jeff also specializes in financial products covering equities, fixed income, foreign exchange, treasury, derivatives & digital assets, securities brokerage and wealth management, wholesale banking, and technology.
For the past 15 years, Jeff has focused on addressing the compliance requirements of financial institutions. Prior to joining DLA, Jeff implemented the finance and compliance functions for Omega One, a digital assets trading and custody platform startup company, which is blockchain-based. Prior to Omega One, Jeff held leadership roles in compliance as the Head of US Treasury and Markets Compliance at HSBC, lead Compliance Strategist for JP Morgan Chase & Co., and the Head of Regulatory Compliance at BNY Mellon Pershing. For these companies, Jeff focused on regulatory remediation and implementing new compliance programs.
Prior to compliance, Jeff has held leadership roles as Vice President of Risk Management for Investec, General Auditor for the National Securities Clearing Corporation, Controller for Nikko Securities International, and Vice President of Management Controls at Goldman Sachs.
Jeff is a graduate of Baruch College, CUNY with his BBA in Accounting and his MBA in Computer Methodology. Jeff has qualified with FINRA with the Series 7, 24, 27 and 99 licenses. Jeff is also a CPA in the State of New York and he is a member of the NYSSCPAs where he participates in the Stock Brokerage and Banking committees.
Baruch College, CUNY – BBA in Accounting
Baruch College, CUNY – MBA in Computer Methodology
Certified Public Accountant (NY)
Member of the American Institute of CPAs
Member of the New York State Society of CPAs
Dennis Christoforatos is a Managing Director and CIO at DLA, LLC with over thirteen years of experience. Prior to joining DLA, Dennis served as a liaison between the accounting and IT department at American Home Mortgage. Dennis was responsible for testing new applications and introducing them to the accounting department. In conjunction with testing new applications, Dennis also wrote procedures and trained front end users on the applications. One of his major roles was managing special projects between departments. Dennis also coordinated the change management system for SOX compliance and designed and implemented the disaster recovery testing for the accounting department.
Dennis’ professional expertise includes IT controls, project management, system selection and implementation, process improvement and optimization, financial and technology auditing, cyber security, forensic accounting and management consulting. Dennis has assisted several major clients in the documentation and testing of IT General Computer Controls and Computer Application Controls relative to the requirements of Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX). Some of Dennis’ client engagements include Apollo Global Management, Fortress Investment Group, Newcastle Investment Corp, TPG, Blackstone, Abbott Capital, NorthStar Realty Finance Corp., Ladder Capital, Starwood Capital Group and Western Asset Mortgage Capital Corp.
Dennis has helped clients address organizational and process optimization in accounting and operational business functions. He has assisted clients with the evaluation and comparison of their current business processes to leading practices, and with the design and implementation of “to-be” processes including: organization structure and staffing; policies, procedures and systems; supporting technology; and internal controls. In addition, his experience involves forensic accounting involving the analysis and audit of large quantities of transactions. Dennis is also familiar with assisting clients in the analysis of their technology functions for improvements including strengthening their cyber security controls, and helping clients create user manuals and training of staff.
Errol Labosky focuses primarily on DLA’s real estate clients. For over 20 years, Errol has had extensive experience in internal audit, specializing in the real estate industry and REIT marketplace.
Prior to joining DLA, Errol served as a Senior Vice President, Internal Audit for nearly a decade at Vornado Realty Trust. Errol provided strategic leadership and guidance regarding the internal control environment, enterprise risk management framework, and operations initiatives in support of this REIT. He led the Internal Audit Department with reporting responsibilities to the Board of Trustees and executive management. In this capacity, Errol restructured the audit approach to concentrate on strategic, operational, reputational and regulatory risks. He partnered with the IT and Operations teams to implement solutions for cyber-related risks, a secure bank transfer portal, elevation of encryption levels for sensitive internal documents, and bolstering of endpoint protection. Errol collaborated with and advised business owners on the successful re-engineering of control processes, including enhanced screening for new vendors and migration to a paperless travel & entertainment system. Errol collaborated with senior management and the Board of Trustees to create an enterprise risk management framework. He regularly advised senior management and the Board on existing and emerging risks and the implementation of mitigation strategies.
Errol also served as an Inspections Specialist at the PCAOB previously in his career. In this role, he conducted inspections of audit work papers of the Big Four accounting firms with an emphasis on the firms’ largest clients. He also partnered with the Standards Group in the preparation of an exposure draft related to a proposed PCAOB standard.
Preceding the PCAOB, Errol was at Deloitte for 12 years reaching the level of Senior Manager where he supervised, coached and evaluated large teams on multiple engagements. His responsibilities included oversight of all facets of audit engagements, including managing relationships among client senior management and firm leadership. Errol also ensured the adequacy of financial statement disclosure requirements and compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley Section 404.
Errol Labosky is a graduate of D’Amore-McKim School of Business at Northeastern University with his Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Business Management. Errol is a Certified Public Accountant in New York and New Jersey.
Northeastern University, B.S., Accounting, Business Management
Certified Public Accountant – New York & New Jersey
Chartered Global Management Accountant
Institute of Internal Auditors
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Saleem Elmasri is a Managing Director in the Accounting Advisory Practice at DLA, LLC, based out of NYC. Prior to joining DLA, Saleem served as a Senior Director at Pine Hill Group leading the firm’s NYC practice. There, he assisted life sciences and technology companies with SEC reporting, preparing financial statements, including carve-out financial statements, writing technical accounting position papers, coordinating external audits, integrating newly acquired businesses, executing a reverse merger, and augmenting management teams as a Director of Finance, Accounting, and FP&A.
Prior to Pine Hill Group, Saleem started his career, and spent nearly 11 years, with PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he advanced to the level of Sr. Manager. During his time at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Saleem focused primarily on the life sciences sector and led audits of U.S. public companies, U.S. subsidiaries of foreign multinational companies, and U.S. private companies. In addition, he has worked on several business acquisitions and divestitures, capital market transactions, restatements, and various other complex accounting and reporting matters.
Saleem has significant experience in pharmaceutical gross-to-net revenue accounting and forecasting, as well as, supply chain management and accounting garnered through his experiences with over twenty-five clients of varying sizes. Saleem is also experienced in the design and implementation of an effective internal control environment having worked with companies in various stages of the business lifecycle, including those seeking to become SOX ready.
Rutgers University, B.S., Finance, Accounting
Certified Public Accountant (NJ)
Jason M. Addesso, CVA is a Director in the Forensics, Valuation & Litigation Support (FVLS) practice at DLA Litigation Services, LLC (“DLA”) in Shrewsbury and Fairfield, NJ where he is responsible for the day‐today management of matrimonial litigation and business valuation engagements, tax consultation, and commercial litigation matters. Jason has ten years of business advisory expertise including matrimonial and commercial litigation support, forensic accounting, business valuation, and tax consultation for estate, gift, and income tax purposes. He also advises on specific and complex tax issues arising from marital dissolution. His industry experience includes companies in the manufacturing, distribution, financial, real estate, healthcare, service and retail sectors.
Prior to joining DLA, Jason was a Manager in the Advisory Services division of a large regional accounting firm and has prior experience in the tax department for a national accounting firm. Jason has been a panel speaker and lectured on topics such as business valuation and matrimonial accounting.
Monmouth University – B.S. in Business Administration, Concentration in Accounting
Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA)
Address: 595 Shrewsbury Avenue, Suite 208, Shrewsbury, NJ 07002
Phone: (732) 383‐8880
Fax: (732) 268-7388
Arlene Pottinger is a Director at DLA, LLC in the Internal Audit practice and has over 20 years of broad business experience in public and private accounting and consulting primarily in the REIT and private equity areas. Arlene manages DLA client relationships for delivery of enterprise risk assessment, Sarbanes Oxley Act (SOX) compliance, and internal audit services. As a team leader, she is responsible for internal control assessment for companies at different stages of growth – initial public offering, post-initial public offering or mature enterprises. Arlene leads and manages all aspects of engagements for compliance with Section 404(a) and Section 404(b) of SOX – planning, budgeting, reviewing work papers, issuing reports, assisting in remediation’s and implementations of controls, and updating management and audit committees.
Prior to joining DLA in 2010, Arlene supervised and participated in SOX compliance, internal and external audit engagements in the financial and investment service industry. While focusing on SOX compliance Arlene assisted clients in initiating formal risk and control self-assessment programs utilizing the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO) framework.
She also evaluated the design and effectiveness of controls, identified deficiencies and assisted management in the development and implementation of remediation plans. Her audit engagements focused on conducting Credit, Financial, Operations, and Compliance audits.
Pace University – BBA in Accounting
Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
Member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Danielle Dietrich is the Director of Human Resources for DLA, LLC. She has over 10 years of experience in Human Resources Management. Her expertise includes HR policy and process, benefits & compensation design and administration, performance cycle management, staff recruitment, the development of training programs, compliance and labor law and employee relations, including staff coaching.
Danielle started her career in the NYC office of Kirkland & Ellis, a Chicago based law firm specializing in private equity, restructuring, and intellectual property. While at Kirkland, Danielle worked closely with support and legal staff alike to arrange and conduct orientation and training sessions. She was responsible for all human resources administrative duties and ensuring overall employee satisfaction. A majority of Danielle’s career was spent at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, a firm which specializes in the fields of mergers and acquisitions, strategic investments, takeovers, corporate and securities law and corporate governance, where in 12 years’ time she was promoted from a Human Resources Assistant to Coordinator and eventually to a Human Resources Generalist. As a HR Generalist, amongst other things, Danielle was mainly responsible for all aspects of recruitment, from determining the effectiveness of a recruiting plan to onboarding and training.
As the Director of Human Resources for DLA, Danielle originates and leads Human Resources practices and objectives to provide an employee-oriented, high-performance culture that emphasizes quality, productivity and standards. Her duties include administration of the performance management process and employee retention. She oversees the health benefits for the Firm’s employees and serves as the 401k administrator managing retirement plans and accounts. It is also Danielle’s responsibility to create sourcing strategies and lead recruitment efforts for all support staff and audit positions for DLA. She advises managers on fair hiring practices and employee performance issues to reduce corporate liability and manages all legal and compliance issues to be in accordance with the law.
Rutgers University – The School of Communication, Information and Library Services, Bachelor of Arts, Communications
Member of Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM)
Member of The National Human Resources Association (NHRA)
Jesse Liszkiewicz is a Director in the Accounting Advisory Practice at DLA, LLC, based out of NYC. He had experience planning, supervising, and performing integrated audits of SEC-filing companies in the Entertainment, Media, and Communications industry, including CBS Corporation, The Interpublic Group of Companies, Inc., Dun & Bradstreet Corporation, as well as financial statement audits of privately-owned companies such as Mediacom Communications Corporation and Russell Reynolds Associates, Inc.
Prior to joining DLA, Jesse served as an Assurance Senior Manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP for nearly 10 years. He reviewed and prepared detailed audit testing in areas including revenue, business combinations, divestitures, pensions, stock-based compensation, goodwill and intangible assets, and financial reporting.
Jesse managed teams to conduct audit procedures and ensure work papers and documentation met PCAOB-regulated quality standards. He interacted and coordinated with, as well as reviewed the work performed by various lines of services, inclusive of information systems, tax, valuations, and other specialists.
He also played a significant role in training staff. Jesse assisted with helping clients adopt new accounting standards, including internal controls, in addition to preparing and leading client presentations. He developed and managed engagement budgets and was responsible for organizing financial data to present to partners and key client contacts.
He also negotiated annual audit fees as well as additional billing opportunities with clients.
Besides his day-to-day responsibilities, Jesse also participated in recruiting events and acted as a mentor for Assurance Senior Associates and Associates by participating in firm-wide employee coaching programs, aside from contributing to annual performance assessment discussions.
Master of Business Administration, Finance, Rutgers University
B.S., Accounting, Rowan University
Certified Public Accountant (NJ)
Recipient of the Outstanding Business Student Medallion Award
Member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Member of Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honor Society